The Nigerian Union of Journalists ( NUJ) has said that there was an urgent need for the incoming administration of General Muhammadu Buhari to know that good governance and fight against corruption can succeed only if the press is given unconditional access to the process of governance and those in government.
This was the submission of newsmen at the end of this year ’ s commemoration of World Press Freedom Day in Kaduna with the theme: “ Let journalism thrive: Towards better reporting , gender equality and media safety in digital age . ” The journalists also wanted the government and media operators to invest in capacity building and legal backing for journalists in order for them to discharge their statutory responsibility without fear or favour, just as they promised to be alive to their responsibility at all times.
Earlier , the NUJ president , Malam Muhammed Garba , urged journalists to be responsive and responsible in their professional conduct, taking into cognizance of social responsibility as watch -dogs of the society , especially as regarding good governance which was part of the six fundamental election principles.
According to him , “ On this occasion, I will like to draw my colleagues’ attention to the need to be responsive and responsible in their professional conduct , taking into cognizance the fact that it ’ s our social responsibility , as the watchdogs of the society, to always remind our leaders of the importance of good governance, which consists of six fundamental election principles.
“ This year ’s Press Freedom Day examines several issues which include free and independent journalism and quality reporting in the context of a digital age, issue of women in the media and safety of journalists ’ sources from digital disclosure.”
He, however, added that the main objective of the day was to remind government, non -governmental organisation and civil society of the vital role of press freedom in strengthening democracy and promoting development around the world…